Copyright & Media Update 7/28/17

ASCAP and BMI Join Forces on Comprehensive Song Database

BY JEM ASWAD: In a groundbreaking show of unity, ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, announced today that they will create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. READ MORE…

What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2017)

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: How much can you expect to get from Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms? Music streaming services have helped to spark a revival in the music industry.  This year alone, major labels have reported record-breaking revenue. But how much are artists actually earning? We’ve been compiling data on this for a few years.  But getting a comprehensive, overarching look is pretty difficult.  Now, Information is Beautiful has released a new infograph showing how much major streaming services actually pay.  It reflects their best efforts to amass per-stream data into one diagram. READ MORE…

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn

BY CHRIS CASTLE: Longtime PRO opponent Rep. Sensenbrenner introduced a bill entitled “The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act“, a piece of work that is Dickensian in its cruelty, bringing a whole new meaning to either “newspeak” or “draconian,” take your pick.  It’s rare that the Congress can accomplish the hat trick of an interference with private contracts, an unconstitutional taking and an international trade treaty violation all in one bill.  But I guess practice makes perfect.  And since the MIC Coalition gave the bill a rousing cheer followed by a heaping serving of astroturf, we should not be surprised.  (Read the bill here.) READ MORE…

What Every Successful Creator Needs to Know About Copyright

BY COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE:  As a creator, you want to make cutting-edge videos, post them online, and attract a large fan base. But do you know how copyright can help you do that? Do you know the easy steps you can take to avoid accidentally infringing someone else’s work? READ MORE…

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